Star Offset enters into Digital Label production with installation of Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C71cf

2018-10-03 By Abhishek Patwa, Mumbai


Bhiwandi based star offset, label converter, share its story of robust business growth with the Konica Minolta bizhub press C71cf


One of the leading player in the business of Offset, Narrow Web Flexo and Allied printing activities; Star Offset has entered into production of Digital Labels with a recent purchase of Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C71cf. Star Offset is always recognised to present its customers the most advanced products by adopting latest available technology in the market. The company consistently provides the best quality products at competitive price to their clients and have successfully served some of the top multinational brands in India. Their efforts have earned esteem goodwill through our unmatched services.


C71cf Label Press at Star offset is sold by Insight Print Communication Pvt ltd, who is sales partner of Konica Minolta. As per Sunill Thakeria, Director, Insight Print Communication, believes that Digital production is now an everyday reality in the Label Printing industry. As the top Brands constantly tries to stay ahead of their competitors and also there is a constant threat of counterfeiting the products. 


He further adds, ‘In the developed nations digital has taken it very well. As per the report of Avery Dennison, by 2024 in North American three out of four machines sold will be Digital. Today as well 70% of printers are digital printers in developed nations as per data released by FINAT. The trend is changing the customers today are looking for variable data printing; different barcode & QR code printing and also security features in a particular machine. Moreover, the cost of plates in Flexo is very high hence the short run label printing cost is also high.



Talking about the installation, Vijay Kamat, National Product Manager for Konica Minolta, Industrial Print business says, “We have already installed a C71cf Label Press in Hora Art, Noida and this is our second installation. Our focus is on the industrial segment where the requirement is of medium-run or short-run jobs of label printing. Because if you see in our market there are desktop type printers available for Label printing and then there is a huge Digital Label press.”



Explaining the ROI of the system he adds, “The machine is affordable and the ROI is also fast. For example, if the machine runs for 4 hours a day and 20 days a month ROI is achieved in less than 2 years. This is one of the biggest advantage and also the USP of the machine, thus we can proudly say that it is commercially viable Digital Label machine in India. We have a demo center in Hora Art in North India and now with this tie-up with Star Offset we will have second demo center in West.”



The bizhub PRESS C71cf has been created to take center stage on the globally expanding digital label market. The exceptional features of the press include.


  • High image quality of 1200dpi, close to offset printing
  • Productivity at a top class, maximum speed of 13.5m*1 for tack paper
  • Space-economical design with a footprint of 5.0m × 3.0m*2
  • Ensures facilitation of work during procedures such as maintenance and job changes


Speaking about its traditional printing business Ajit Suvarna- Owner of Star Offset says, “In 1957, my father started with large format textile screen printing. He was the first Screen printer of Mumbai. All the major companies of Mumbai like Cadbury, Air India, ONGC, etc. give us their printing jobs. We also undertook contracts of transfer Screen printing for railways.”


“I joined the business in 1983 and my first job was visiting card printing. Gradually, we entered into Offset. But the Offset business became stagnant at a particular point and our profits dipped. In 2012, we entered into Flexo printing with a purchase of 6 color WEIGANG Label press. We found success in Label business and in 2014 we got our second 7 color WEIGANG Label press as well inspection system from PULISI.”


“As the business grew I felt the requirement of a Digital Label press to undertake short-run jobs and medium-run jobs. I explored many digital machines and also went HP demo center in Singapore. Lately, I came across this machine in Konica Minolta’s open house in Hora Art. The best part of machine that gained my attention were.


  • It is affordable and perfectly priced.
  • Undertakes personalized printing jobs.
  • Finest print quality through electrostatic printing.   
  • Ease of operation.
  • Fast ROI.
  • Printing can be performed inn normal Label stock
  • Security Features.


"As a global leader in print and printing space Konica Minolta has developed several innovative solutions to help printing businesses maximizes productivity and improve profitability. We are delighted with the result that the press has yielded for our business. The solution has seamlessly fit into our existing print setup and has enable us to greatly expand the scope of our operations to cater to rapidly changing printing requirements of today.” Concludes Ajit.


The Konica Minolta C71cf is ideal for label printers aiming to shift their printing volumes from traditional Flexo printing to Digital printing in order to manage the growing number of high-mix, low- volume print jobs. The solution's world class productivity and operational flexibility enable the print businesses to complete their order with shorter lead times, generate personalization, and enhance versioning, and also cater on-demand print runs.

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